The World’s Greatest Mann Made Non-Crisis receives another body blow
Back in 2009 some friendly soul released thousands of e-mails between the leading lights of the “climate consensus” which tended to demonstrate not only that they had been playing fast and loose with their data, but also suppressing opposing views and deliberately frustrating FOIA requests. It appears the same source kept quite a bit of data back, as another 5,000+ messages have just been made public.
A file containing 5,000 emails has been made available in an apparent attempt to repeat the impact of 2009’s similar release
By Leo Hickman, The Guardian
A fresh tranche of private emails exchanged between leading climate scientists throughout the last decade was released online on Tuesday. The unauthorised publication is an apparent attempt to repeat the impact of a similar release of emails on the eve of the Copenhagen climate summit in late 2009.
The emails appear to be genuine, but the University of East Anglia said the “sheer volume of material” meant it was not yet able to confirm that they were. One of the emailers, the climate scientist Prof Michael Mann, has confirmed that he believes they are his messages. The lack of any emails post-dating the 2009 release suggests that they were obtained at the same time, but held back. Their release now suggests they are intended to cause maximum impact before the upcoming climate summit in Durban which starts on Monday.
In the new release a 173MB zip file called “FOIA2011” containing more than 5,000 new emails, was made available to download on a Russian server called Sinwt.ru today. An anonymous entity calling themselves “FOIA” then posted a link to the file on at least four blogs popular with climate sceptics – Watts Up With That, Climate Audit, TallBloke and The Air Vent. The same tactic was used in 2009 when the first 160MB batch of emails were released after being obtained – possibly illegally – from servers based at the University of East Anglia, where a number of the climate scientists involved were based.
Color me shocked that CRU, Mann, et al have still not complied with FOI/FOIA requests dating back years, and now once again must explain why they have not.